Finance & Investing Perspectives

For most of my adult life I have worked in the finance and electronic trading space. The banking, brokerage and hedge fund industry is reviled by some and misunderstood by many. But it plays a critical (and usually positive) role in the global economy, and potentially offers useful insights for those operating in the digital marketplace.

I plan to share more about my personal portfolio and investment outlook which are, in large part, an outgrowth of my professional experience. But my interest here is to also explore how the finance industry and markets can inform our understanding of other complex systems.

…the finance industry demonstrates how an ecosystem and marketplace (for anything) can and should operate.

Specifically, the history and current state of the finance industry demonstrates how an ecosystem and marketplace (for anything) can and should operate. The banking and securities trading industries certainly have past examples of sketchy and outright criminal activities. And the transparency and best practices applied today by most market participants are informative and potentially applicable for digital marketers and online business owners.

In addition to exploring how the former may inform the latter, I also hope to draw on my product and business development experience in the financial technology arena. There are many ways the software development, deployment and maintenance practices in the banking and trading space can contribute to more effective operations in the online business and marketing world.

Below are some selected articles that touch on these topics. Enjoy!

2021 alternative investments update - jphendricks.com

Alternative Investment Update – Year-End 2021: Move Fast and Fractionalize

In hindsight, 2021 was another challenging year on many fronts. It was meant to be resolution and relief from the craziness of 2020. But on the ground it just turned out to be an extension of the same. And markets and macro factors reflected this too, driving alternative assets and secondary markets to all time …

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Year-End 2021 Core Portfolio Investment Update - J Paul Hendricks - Slow Moving Market Storm

Year-End 2021 Core Portfolio Investment Update: Slow Moving Market Storm

The investment landscape in the second half of 2021 delivered a mix of expected moves and some real surprises. My investment update reflects this mix of opportunities and the continued market schizophrenia, ebbing liquidity and intermittent asset price gyrations. The same can be said of the whole global economy, with its sickly internals. Between inflation, …

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Coattail Investing Professional Investors Learning Together

Coattail Investing: Learning From Professional Investors

We all know the importance of diversification but, with so many investment options and asset types, it’s hard to make good trading and investment decisions on all of them. But we can leverage the expertise of others by “coattail investing” or following and learning from professional investors. It is true that doing your own research …

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